Posted by: Terry | February 11, 2011

Messing up a good pity party

Last night instead of sleeping I fussed over a small injustice done me by the company I contract with. My mind reviewed in detail the lopsided balance sheet of the extra efforts I put forth against the petty and cheap policies that I have to endure. I rehearsed emails I could write, posts on social sites I could make, and worked myself into a quality funk.

As I got up from bed the passage in 1 Peter came to my mind, “But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” This kind of thing really messes up a good pity party. When I got downstairs to the library I read the whole passage, which included, “For Christ also suffered… leaving you an example… When he suffered he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” Not even a little revenge?

With that fresh on my mind I continued my reading in John, today John 15.12-17. Christ says that we are called friends, we are chosen to bear fruit, and we are commanded as a result to love.

Over a cup of tea I thought about love, pondering what it looked like outside of the mushy-gushy emotions and such. I believe it was God that directed my thinking to 1 Corinthians 13, “(Love) does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful (lit. does not keep a record of wrongs).” So the conviction was complete, my fussing and fuming was not an expression of love nor of faith, it was selfishness, the opposite of love.

Now I find I must consider 1 Corinthians 13 from a different perspective, that of how I live in the world of work, in the world that does not know God. If I am called a friend of God, am chosen to bear fruit, and the evidence of that fruit is love, then those things that describe love should be the pattern of my life, what a challenge!

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Responses

  1. What a great message and sooooo true. It is one of the most difficult, but important, ways to show our love for God and for others

  2. Well put, Terry. I’ve experienced situations and have had reactions that, if I had spent some time in scripture like you, I would have had much less stress and anxiety at the time.

  3. Right on the money as always. I needed to hear what you wrote. Keeping on listening to God and writing. We need to hear your voice.

  4. Wow thats good. I really needed to hear that. The sad part, I am in ministry. Thanks so much for your blog.


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